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Meet The Team

Senior Management

Sharon Gould 

Chief Executive Officer

Sharon Gould has recently been appointed Managing Director after serving 16 years at House and Son Winton. Sharon has built an enthusiastic & experienced team which believes passionately in excellent customer service and listening to what the client wants. Having previously worked for a well-known agency for over 13 years in Winton, her experience in Estate Agency now spans locally over 25 years & her in-depth knowledge & professionalism are a valuable asset to the sales team.

Colin Wetherall BSc FRICS

Director - Chartered Surveyor

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Neil Wren

Director - Lettings

I am a local boy, born and raised in Bournemouth and educated at Millfield School in Somerset, where I enjoyed sports, especially rugby. I left school at 16 and joined a large, family owned, Estate Agency working in Bournemouth Town Centre as an office boy. I progressed through the ranks gaining experience in the lettings market along the way and joined House & Son in 2002, as a Partner in the Firm and with my main interest being to develop the lettings department. I am passionate about my job, especially working with the Team House & Son. When I’m not at work I enjoy being with my family and friends, eating out and in particular, exploring France.


Anna Burston 

Residential Sales Secretary 

Anna has been a Bournemouth resident since 2002. She thrives in her role as Residential Sales Secretary and has done since she started with House and Son in 2012. Born in Latvia Anna has lived and worked in and enjoyed many countries and cultures in her life, learning to speak three languages fluently. Since settling in Bournemouth Anna has developed a love of admin and customer care, developed in Hotel Management before working for House and Son. Outside work Anna likes travelling and spending time with her family and friends.

Annie Mackenzie (BA Hons) MRICS

Chartered Surveyor, RICS Registered Valuer

Annie enjoys working in the Survey and Valuation Department where she utilises her experience as a specialist Leasehold Valuer, advising Freeholders, Leaseholders and Management Companies throughout the South West region.

Annie graduated from the University of West England with a First-Class Honours degree in Property Development & Planning.   Since graduating Annie has gained a wealth of experience in property valuation matters and is a fully qualified Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  Annie prides herself in giving clear, no-nonsense advice, and is always happy to speak with clients on the telephone.

Outside of work Annie enjoys an active lifestyle, spending time sailing, horse riding and walking her dog, Teddy.

Charlotte Herrmann

Lettings Administrator

Charlotte is a Bournemouth born girl, who has attended local schools and university within Bournemouth, with a BA honour in Fashion design and Technology.  From once being a night club manager, she thrives in the busy and fast paced lettings department as the letting’s administrator. She continues to develop her knowledge and passion within the team by continuously learning new skills. Charlotte works closely on our Winton student portfolios, and building strong relationships with all our landlords and tenants. When not in work, she goes on adventures with her daughter.

Claire Leach

Lettings Manager

Claire has been in the property industry for nearly 30 years, gaining experience in both Sales and Lettings. She is currently the Assistant Lettings Manager in our Bournemouth office and has been with House & Son 10 years. She has an interest in fashion, socialising with friends and spending time with her much loved family.

Dawn Gravett 

Valuation & Survey PA 

Dawn joined House & Son in October 2015 and works as a Personal Assistant in the Survey & Valuations Department. She previously worked as a Legal Secretary for some 26 years, and then worked as a PA at a Development Company, until she became a Mum in 2011. When not in the office Dawn enjoys spending time socialising with her family and friends. She is also a massive foodie……. although none of it very healthy!

Denise Birr

Assistant Letting Manager

Denise has worked with House & Son since 2007 and within that time has built a professional and personal relationship with both Landlords and Tenants.  Denise prides herself in her organisation, accuracy and knowledge within the lettings industry and is currently the Assistant Lettings Manager, in our Winton office.  Since working at the company, she has grown the business (especially within the student market) and always willing to learn and adapt to the ever-changing legislations.   In her personal time, she enjoys spending time with her two young boys, socialising with her friends and theatre productions.

Douglas Gates

Senior Residential Sales Negotiator

Joining House & Son in 2014, Douglas developed experience with our Lettings department before transferring to Residential Sales. In 2021 Douglas was promoted to Senior Residential Sales Negotiator to reflect his continued development within the local property market. Motivated, hard-working, and with a strong emphasis on delivering customer satisfaction. Outside of work Douglas enjoys spending time with family and has a keen interest in history, politics and current affairs.

Helen Denby-Ashe

Property Manager

Helen has worked in the property industry for over 20 years. Starting her career in lettings and then progressed into the developing field of Property Management. Helen takes pride in providing quality service in an ever-changing profession, constantly thriving, adapting and using her abilities to meet and exceed our client’s needs. Helen is known as someone there to help, listen and advise working in line with the RICS code of practice.

Nick Baker

Lettings Negotiator

Born and raised in Bournemouth, Nick joined House & Son in July 2017 as a Lettings Administrator, working his way up to becoming the Lettings Negotiator, a role which he is thoroughly enjoying. Prior to this, Nick studied Business Management in Wales, worked for 6 years in the gambling industry, followed by a good number of years working in a number of varied housing-oriented roles. Nick enjoys his day-to-day dealings with tenants, landlords, and contractors alike, and the variety of the work involved.

He is quick to build relationships, and takes a real pride in being able to help out wherever possible, with whatever needs doing. Nick settled into his new role extremely well, and is a valued member of the House & Son team. Outside of work, Nick loves nothing more than playing his keyboard, watching and playing football, and doing weekly quizzes.

Renata Skalik

Property Manager

I’ve been with House & Son since 2019 after long and fruitful career in hospitality. I’ve always been interested in properties and happy I could pursue my passion.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling, visiting family and friends, spontaneous city breaks and road trips. I try to stay active and healthy, enjoy gym, bike rides and beach in the summer.

Sandi Stevens

Valuation & Survey PA 

Having grown up, studied and worked in Bournemouth for most of her life, Sandi initially gained her secretarial and administrative experience across different sectors within the Bournemouth and Poole area.  She then moved over to the Health and Social Care sector, where, she put her cheerful personality and experience to good work, rising to the new challenges that this involved.
Over recent years, Sandi has moved back over to more administrative and secretarial roles, joining House & Son’s Surveys Department in October 2022 where she is now enjoying the challenge of learning all that is House & Son.  Outside of work, Sandi loves to travel, especially to France, loves enjoying good food with friends and hopes to make some time to try her hand at some drawing and art!

Simon Cruwys

Residential Sales Negotiator 

Simon started in Estate Agency in the 1980’s successfully selling property in the Bournemouth and Poole areas. At the same time continued to achieve huge success as a competitive dancer travelling around the world. To this end a 30-year career as a dance teacher, lecturer, adjudicator and assessor unfolded. Having been fortunate enough to work in Europe, China, India, The Caribbean, Indonesia and South Africa it was time to hang up the shoes and return to his passion for residential sales.

Utmost importance is placed on integrity, sincerity and professionalism combined with a desire ‘just to help’ buyers and sellers alike. If you fancy a Quick-step on to the property ladder then he is on hand with all the moves

Simon Spofforth 

Lettings Negotiator 

Simon has lived in Bournemouth for over 12 years and has taken on the role of Lettings Administrator. He carries out a variety of administrative duties, from liaising with Landlords and contractors to facilitate maintenance, repairs and property improvements to listening to potential new tenants needs to find them their ideal home. Simon has previously worked in a variety of roles from recruitment and care industries to the cleaning industry. Outside of work Simon enjoys socialising, traveling, theatre and cinema.

Stephen Ridler

Branch Manager

Since 1988 Stephen has been an estate agent specialising in the local BH9/BH10 location and surrounding areas of Bournemouth. Stephen is an enthusiastic team member who joined House & Son in August 2010, bringing with him a wealth of local knowledge and experience, which in a career spanning over 30 years, is a key factor in ensuring customer service focus, exceeding clients’ expectations and enabling him to deliver a successful conclusion in your property sale or purchase. Stephen’s motto is “House & Son, where people and property meet.”

Steve Dugdale

Sales Manager

Steve has a wealth of property expertise, approaching 30 years of Residential Estate Agency experience in Bournemouth and the surrounding area. Steve has a genuine passion for property and is well known for his positive and friendly disposition, taking real pride in delivering a truly first-class experience to all clients.